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Books are one of my favorite gifts to give. Over the last couple of years I've been able to combine my joy of giving books with the fabulous writing I see online by giving people books written by some of my favorite bloggers. There used to be a time when such books were a rarity, but now more and more bloggers are making the transition to books. Here are some recent publications that would be an excellent addition to the bookshelves of those near and dear to you.
Contributing Editor Melissa Ford has new novel out called Life From Scratch. I interviewed Melissa here on BlogHer, and I wish that I wasn't done shopping so I could buy it for more people. It's the perfect book to read while snuggled under a blanket on a chilly winter evening.
Contributing Editor Karen Walrond also has a book out. The Beauty of Different combines photographs, essays and interviews and challenges us to redefine beauty. Our differences, not our similarities, are really where our beauty lies. This is a book to share with someone you love, like Dana did with her six year-old daughter.
She surprised me when I asked her how it felt to be different in the ways she mentioned. "Happy," she said, then looked at me smiling. "Because I like the way I am."
A wonderful book to pair with The Beauty of Different would be Caitlin Boyle's Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-It Note at a Time. You might be aware of the Operation Beautiful website where people share Post-Its and stories with the positive message that we are all beautiful. You can now share that message with people you love by giving them the book.
Gives Me Hope: 127 Most Inspiring Bite-Sized Stories, edited by Emerson and Gaby Sparz is a combination of favorites from the Kids Give Me Hope website and never seen before stories. It would make a fantastic stocking stuffer.
Have you ever wondered why some recipes work and others don't but never really had the time to sit down and try to figure it out? If so, you need to get your hands on a copy of Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot. Kamozawa and Talbot began their Ideas in Food blog in 2004, and really, this book is long overdue. It's a must-have for the foodie in your life.
I wish that by Susan Russo, perhaps better know to some of you as FoodBlogga, had released her book Recipes Every Man Should Know a few years ago when one of my friends was living alone, and his idea of homecooking was to reheat a frozen pizza. This cookbook sold out so fast at BlogHer Food I didn't even get a chance to look at it. Taste Bud Travels called it "a perfect pocket companion for a would be cooking master."
Some of you might know Joanne Bamberger better as PunditMom. Her book PunditMom's Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America doesn't come out until January 1, 2011. If it's the perfect gift for the politico in your life, I'm sure they'd appreciate a card with a notification of the pre-order in it.
I am really quite fond of "year of x" books, and I own more than my fair share of them. Charlotte Hilton Anderson's The Great Fitness Experience: One Year of Trying Everything, based on her blog is right up my alley. She tried a different workout routine each month for an entire year. I think it might be the perfect January read.
Are you gifting a book written by a blogger this year?
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